Explore The Caravan Club's Exhibitions and Events

The Story of Caravanning Exhibition at the National Motor Museum 

The National Motor Museum is home to a permanent exhibition exploring the history of the caravan holiday, featuring the unique Collection of The Caravan Club.

Visitors can also discover the Museum’s 1926 Eccles caravan, 1964 Commer Auto-Sleeper motor caravan and the miniature Royal Caravan built in 1955.

130 Years of The Wanderer 

2015 marks 130 years since the world's first purpose built leisure touring caravan The Wanderer first took to the road. Owned by popular Victorian author, Dr William Gordon Stables, the caravan took its first journey in June - September 1885. It toured from Berkshire to Scotland, before returning to London by rail and continuing along the South Coast.

To mark this anniversary, the journey can be re-traced by following The Caravan Club Collection's Twitter account and the Hashtag #Wanderer130

Caravans & Charabancs 

A temporary exhibition featuring the story of the National Motor Museum's First World War commemorative project Caravans & Charabancs is currently featured in the Museum.

Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the display uses many previously unseen collections to explore the impact that this devastating conflict had on lesiure motoring in the decade that followed. It includes a redisplay of the Museum's popular 1926 Eccles caravan and 1922 Maxwell charabanc exhibits.

Online Exhibitions 

Discover the thrilling history of Caravan Road Rallying events. Held from the 1950s to the 1970s these competitions tested the towing skills of Caravan Club members and professional rally drivers to the limit.

This remarkable story is told through the wealth of Caravan Road Rallying photographs, ephemera, objects, audio clips and film footage collated for the first time in this online exhibition.

Creative Activities 

Since 2007 The Caravan Club have sponsored fun family activities held at the National Motor Museum and the Club's New Forest Centenary Site at Bransgore, Dorset, each August.

These popular summer events have included poetry, object handling, badge and pennant making inspired by the Museum's Collections.


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